Now that it’s Fall and the temperatures are beginning to grow colder, consider making some energy-saving moves to help lower your bills. Just a few adjustments can save you money in October and in the Winter months when the temperatures really drop. Here are a few tips:
Lower Your Thermostat
Fall is a good time to check your thermostat settings. Save money by turning your thermostat down by 10 degrees when you’re sleeping or away from home can save you nearly 10% of your heating bill. The lower the temperature in your home, the slower your heat loss, which means you’ll save more energy.
Prevent Leaks from Windows and Doors
Check your doors and windows for any spots or gaps where air can escape. If your heated air escapes through leaks and cracks, you will end up paying more for your energy bill. Look to fill small openings and spots with caulk, outside and inside your house. Hidden leaks may also be found in your attic or basement, so inspect them both for potential gaps and cracks.
Make Sure Your Insulation is Energy-Efficient
Having the right insulation in your basement, ceilings, attic and floors will help keep your home energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. Consider hiring a professional to check the insulation in your home. He or she can find out what type of insulation you have in your home, what rooms are insulated, and offer suggestions for improvements.
Inspect Your Roof
It’s important to make sure heat does not escape through your roof in Fall and Winter. You also want to make sure it’s in good shape so it can keep the elements from getting inside. On the roof, look for cracked, missing or torn shingles, raised shingles, or signs of mold or rotted spots. Make sure your gutters and downspouts securely attached and undamaged, and that all drains are open and debris-free. Most roofs are constructed with asphalt shingles, which can easily become brittle in the winter. Go inside and look for any signs of water damage to the roof in your attic, like dark spots or leaks. Consider hiring roofing professionals to assess the roof and make any necessary repairs before temperatures drop below the freezing mark. If your roof is more than 20 years old, you may need to make some serious repairs.
Service Your HVAC System
Make sure to clean and change filters in your heating system to help keep your unit running efficiently. Additional maintenance, like checking gas connections, may require an inspection by a contractor. A professional can thoroughly assess your home’s heating system to make sure it’s up-to-date, tested, and functioning at peak performance. A contractor will also be able to catch and repair any issues that your system may have.
By making small adjustments and repairs before Winter hits, you’ll be able to make your home more energy efficient and save money. Visit Energy.gov to calculate your energy savings throughout the Fall and Winter to see how you’re doing.